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Kathmandu, n/a, Nepal
Member since October 08, 2008
Aid, Communication Design
Recent years have witnessed an explosion of new Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). ICTs are now the buzzword in both the technology and business worlds. The rapid expansion of enabling infrastructures has led to an unparalleled use of ICTs in the corporate and business sectors. These ICTs have allowed companies and businesses to strengthen their environments, offer high-end products as well as state-of-the-art services, and also reach out to hitherto unexplored markets. The impact of ICTs in the business world has been well documented and discussed.
There is also a parallel surge in the use of ICTs by organizations that serve and work in the developing world. Conferences such as the WSIS laid the foundation for a more in-depth look at how development organizations, both in the North and in the South, are using ICTs. The synergy between infrastructure and knowledge creation, the development of Intranet and Extranet applications, content and information management, partnerships between social capital and technology, amongst others, are now approaching the forefront as important research, development and professional themes and agendas.
Organizations such as the United Nations Development Programme(UNDP) and others have begun to invest a significant portion of their time, money and effort in these technologies to strengthen their operational functions and outreach. Many organizations in the South are following suit.
ICTs are also gaining popularity in some of...
Posted October 12, 2008
Environment, Environmental Design
The Park Village Resort: Serenity in the Foothills
September 14, 2008 (Kathmandu, Nepal)
A boy with a luggage compartment in a bicycle with an errant tourist in tow - the stone path on which they ply is shaded by a canopy of trees and shrubs. I am writing this a few feet away, safely ensconced under a pavilion of chairs in a pond. Feeding the fish felt like a 'runaway bonus'.
In consonance with the season, I took the opportunity to pay homage to the Gods. "Buddham Sharanam Gachyami." The walk was delightfully enlivening - the city would also feel supported by a few of these lamp posts that gently dot the pathway. The gazebos reminded me of my childhood. But I could not summon the courage to go in and recollect. It was like a visual opera of pines and playfulness.
We do not usually associate calm or tranquility with the sound of gushing water. This, however, is an expression that best fits my senses finding serenity as the pool water splashed into a waterfall in the midst of this 'ecological system.' I use the term 'ecosystem' very liberally.
The Park Village Resort is spread across six acres of land in the foothills of Shivapuri National Park near Kathmandu City. A resort person describes it as a "classic example of the nature-tourism synergy." The resort does strike me as an almost complete universe of green flora. I spotted an eagle flying overhead. The lush hills draped with sinewy clouds seemed a fitting home for this winged protector.
As we ate...
Posted October 11, 2008